Dr Rebecca Johinke

PhD (Adel)
Senior Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4516

Biographical details

I have been working in the higher education sector for over thirty years. I have been a University of Sydney employee since 2003, and a full-time member of the Department of English since 2006.

My research interests are broad ranging and interdisciplinary but I have four key areas of interest:

  • Walking and driving narratives (street narratives, flânerie, literary tourism, psychogeography, cityscapes and soundscapes);
  • Australian film, literature, music and popular culture (with a sustained interest in gender and in recent years an increasing focus on magazines);
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning (student engagement and retention, student leadership, assessment and feedback, curriculum transformation, digital writing and research);
  • Writing and rhetoric (creative non-fiction, memoir, ficto-criticism, academic writing and research, Wikipedia, editing and editorial studies).

In addition to my normal teaching and research, I am Associate Dean Student Affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching
Currently, my teaching is primarily in two postgraduate units of study. The first is a unit of study that I co-coordinate with Dr Fiona Giles from Media and Communications and it is entitled ENGL6984 Creative non-fiction workshop. In addition to close reading and literary analysis, students workshop pieces in class, and we invite three prominent Australian writers to share their insights about the non-fiction writing process. In past years guest speakers have included Linda Jaivin, David Marr, Caroline Overington, Patti Miller, Fiona Wright, James Bradley, Mark Mordue, Rebecca Huntley, Mark Dapin and Mark Tredinnick. The second unit I teach regularly is ENGL6970 Reading Magazines (formerly Magazines and Australian Print Culture) and I generally teach that unit in intensive mode as a Summer School unit.

Research Supervision
I am currently supervising (or co-supervising) a number of postgraduate research students working in both film and literary studies. Recent research students have worked on projects ranging from: a fourth wave feminist project on memes; the films of Jane Campion, Stanley Kubrick, John Sayles and John Wayne; women’s crime fiction; memoir; mommy blogs; the novella; and the work of Teju Cole, Ben Lerner, DH Lawrence, Don DeLillo, and Bret Easton Ellis. I welcome enquiries from prospective Honours, Masters, and PhD students.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Adaptation - Stanley Kubrick, Auteur and Adapter Grant MALFITANO
Daughters Writing Mothers in Contemporary Australian Auto/biography� Cheryl O'BYRNE
The Lake in the Frame: Abjection, Sensuality and Feminism in Jane Campion's Miniseries 1990-2017 Blythe WORTHY

Current projects

I am an active researcher in magazine studies and in December 2016 I co-hosted an international conference on magazine studies on campus with colleagues from Media and Communication. I have published a number of journal articles in this area and a recent piece in ‘The Conversation’. In 2014, I co-edited a special issue of TEXT journal about Australasian magazine culture (with Dr Rose Williamson from UNE). I am in the early stages of a book-length magazine studies project about Australian magazine editors.

I am also working on a possible book-length project about street narratives and cultural tourism. I have published journal articles about psychogeography and the flâneur and I am currently working on articles about Sex and the City and cultural tourism, and a piece about punk music walking tour in New York. My interest in music and popular culture intersects with this work on walking in the city. I have written several articles about musician and writer Nick Cave.

As part of my role as Associate Dean, I have an active research interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I have recently published a journal article about writing and assessment with a colleague from the Writing Hub and we have a number of active projects in this area. I am also working on numerous projects related to student wellbeing, student leadership, retention, assessment, and the writing process. These projects range in scope from group projects developing Open Learning Environment (OLE) units on student leadership with colleagues from Health Sciences and Engineering; a project about participatory writing and Wikipedia with colleagues from Arts and Social Sciences; to an Education Innovation project on digital writing and blogging with colleagues from English. I am also actively working on several Healthy Sydney University projects with students and we are making student-led videos and also organising a dog therapy project.

Selected grants

2017

  • Teaching Literature and Writing in the Digital Age; Hesse I, Rooney B, Johinke R, Yahp B, Lee F, Lilley K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Participatory writing in digital mode (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Di Lauro F, Dowling J, Johinke R; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Student Leadership OLE (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Lewis S, Shirley D, Bell A, Lincoln M, Sakhaee E, Johinke R, Burgess A, Keep M, Zeric M, Choi C, Anderson L, Morr J, Teague M, Rodrigo D; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Student Wellbeing Video Project; Johinke R; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.
  • Improving student engagement and retention in the BA: Phase Two; Johinke R; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2014

  • Being part of the FASS learning community: improving student engagement and retention in BA; Johinke R, Semler L, Marks P; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2008

  • Internationalizing Pedagogies of Writing Instruction Through Virtual Exchange; Thomas S, Johinke R; University of Sydney/Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Johinke, R. (2013). Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts..of the Civil Dead. In John H Baker (Eds.), The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays, (pp. 137-154). Bristol, UK: Intellect.
  • Johinke, R. (2012). The Pleasure of Losing One's Way: Adapting Poe's 'The Man of the Crowd'. In Dennis R Perry, Carl H. Sederholm (Eds.), Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, (pp. 119-132). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Johinke, R. (2001). Misogyny, Muscles and Machines: Cars and Masculinity in Australian Literature. In David Callahan (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature, (pp. 95-111). United States: Taylor and Francis.

Journals

  • Johinke, R. (2017). "Get Swiping!": The Magazine Editor's Role in Guiding Readers from Print to New Media. Journalism Studies, 18(3), 288-303. [More Information]
  • Di Lauro, F., Johinke, R. (2017). Employing Wikipedia for Good not Evil: Innovative Approaches to Collaborative Writing Assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 42(3), 478-491. [More Information]
  • Johinke, R. (2016). Novel with Soundtrack: Walking Practices and Controlling the Auditory Space in Christos Tsiolkas's Loaded. Journal of Popular Culture, 49(4), 738-758. [More Information]
  • Le Masurier, M., Johinke, R. (2014). Magazine Studies: Pedagogy and Practice in a Nascent Field. Text, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Johinke, R. (2014). The Rhetorical Construction of the Third Place in 'Fitness First' Magazines. Text, Special Issue 25, 1-15.
  • Johinke, R. (2013). Review of Harry Lee Poe, 'Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe'. Modern Language Review, 108(3), 958-959. [More Information]
  • Johinke, R. (2010). Not quite Mad Max: Brian Trenchard-Smith's Dead End Drive-In. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(3), 309-320.
  • Johinke, R. (2010). Uncanny carnage in Peter Weir's 'The Cars that Ate Paris'. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 108-126.
  • Johinke, R. (2006). Review of Rayner, Jonathan. The Films of Peter Weir (2nd Edition) (New York, London: Continuum, 2003) for Metro Magazine 148 (2006): 205-207. Metro, 148(2006), 205-207.
  • Johinke, R. (2004). Book reviews - Review of Temple, Peter. Black Tide (Melbourne, Text, 2004) for JAS Review of Books online issue 25, July 2004. JAS Review of Books.
  • Johinke, R. (2004). Review of Milner, Lisa. Fighting Films (North Melbourne, Pluto, 2003) for JAS Review of Books, online issue 23, March 2004. JAS Review of Books, (23).
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Cinema of Interruptions: action genres in contemporary Indian cinema: Lalitha Gopalan. Metro, 11, 200-201.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Idiot Box: Mick Cameron as yobbo flaneur. Journal of Australian Studies, 78, 147-155.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Traffic, Number One, 2002 (raison d'être: what's your point?). Altitude: An e-journal of emerging humanities work, 3(2003).
  • Johinke, R. (2001). Manifestations of Masculinities: Mad Max and the Lure of the Forbidden Zone. Journal of Australian Studies, 67(2001), 118-125.

Edited Journals

  • Williamson, R., Johinke, R. (2014). Australasian Magazines: New Perspectives on Writing and Publishing. Text, Special Issue 25.

2017

  • Johinke, R. (2017). "Get Swiping!": The Magazine Editor's Role in Guiding Readers from Print to New Media. Journalism Studies, 18(3), 288-303. [More Information]
  • Di Lauro, F., Johinke, R. (2017). Employing Wikipedia for Good not Evil: Innovative Approaches to Collaborative Writing Assessment. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 42(3), 478-491. [More Information]

2016

  • Johinke, R. (2016). Novel with Soundtrack: Walking Practices and Controlling the Auditory Space in Christos Tsiolkas's Loaded. Journal of Popular Culture, 49(4), 738-758. [More Information]

2014

  • Williamson, R., Johinke, R. (2014). Australasian Magazines: New Perspectives on Writing and Publishing. Text, Special Issue 25.
  • Le Masurier, M., Johinke, R. (2014). Magazine Studies: Pedagogy and Practice in a Nascent Field. Text, Special Issue 25, 1-16.
  • Johinke, R. (2014). The Rhetorical Construction of the Third Place in 'Fitness First' Magazines. Text, Special Issue 25, 1-15.

2013

  • Johinke, R. (2013). Review of Harry Lee Poe, 'Evermore: Edgar Allan Poe and the Mystery of the Universe'. Modern Language Review, 108(3), 958-959. [More Information]
  • Johinke, R. (2013). Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts..of the Civil Dead. In John H Baker (Eds.), The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays, (pp. 137-154). Bristol, UK: Intellect.

2012

  • Johinke, R. (2012). The Pleasure of Losing One's Way: Adapting Poe's 'The Man of the Crowd'. In Dennis R Perry, Carl H. Sederholm (Eds.), Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture, (pp. 119-132). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2010

  • Johinke, R. (2010). Not quite Mad Max: Brian Trenchard-Smith's Dead End Drive-In. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 3(3), 309-320.
  • Johinke, R. (2010). Uncanny carnage in Peter Weir's 'The Cars that Ate Paris'. Sydney Studies in English, 36(2010), 108-126.

2006

  • Johinke, R. (2006). Review of Rayner, Jonathan. The Films of Peter Weir (2nd Edition) (New York, London: Continuum, 2003) for Metro Magazine 148 (2006): 205-207. Metro, 148(2006), 205-207.

2004

  • Johinke, R. (2004). Book reviews - Review of Temple, Peter. Black Tide (Melbourne, Text, 2004) for JAS Review of Books online issue 25, July 2004. JAS Review of Books.
  • Johinke, R. (2004). Review of Milner, Lisa. Fighting Films (North Melbourne, Pluto, 2003) for JAS Review of Books, online issue 23, March 2004. JAS Review of Books, (23).

2003

  • Johinke, R. (2003). Cinema of Interruptions: action genres in contemporary Indian cinema: Lalitha Gopalan. Metro, 11, 200-201.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Idiot Box: Mick Cameron as yobbo flaneur. Journal of Australian Studies, 78, 147-155.
  • Johinke, R. (2003). Traffic, Number One, 2002 (raison d'être: what's your point?). Altitude: An e-journal of emerging humanities work, 3(2003).

2001

  • Johinke, R. (2001). Manifestations of Masculinities: Mad Max and the Lure of the Forbidden Zone. Journal of Australian Studies, 67(2001), 118-125.
  • Johinke, R. (2001). Misogyny, Muscles and Machines: Cars and Masculinity in Australian Literature. In David Callahan (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature, (pp. 95-111). United States: Taylor and Francis.

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